US Tax Deduction for Continuing Professional Education:
A US income tax deduction is allowed for expenses of education including registration fees, travel, meals and lodging, undertaken to maintain or improve skills (Treasury Reg 1.1662-5; Coughlin v. Commissioner Internal Revenue, 203 F2d 307, 2d Circuit 1953)

Unlocking Your Organization’s Potential

With Higher Potential Talent 

Future of Aligned Talent Mobility adds value to the business via Job transitioning, Job movement … accelerating development and performance of mobile talent



9:30, check-in desk opens, meet/greet, coffee

10, Program starts with Moderator’s Remarks and Delegate Introductions

  Ed Cohen, Conference Content Developer & Moderator;  Producer/Director

Publisher –

10:30 – 11:15, CHINA IS CHANGING: How to drive better business

Andrew Woods

11:15 – 11:30, BREAK


Employer Branding and Engagement/Customer Experience

Stefani Blazevic, Talent Acquisition | Employer Branding | CHRP in Progress


12, LUNCH and Table Talk  …

Mobility Career Development: Would you advise your kid to ‘go into’ Mobility?

Single Point of Contact?

Mentoring/Coaching Assignees to add value to the business

Women & Diversity on Assignment? Social engineering or getting closer to the customers…

 1 – 1:15, BREAK


BusinessTravel, Staff Mobility, Immigration, Tax

Iryna Tkach, GMS; Tax -Manager, Global Mobility Services; PwC 

 As a manager within PwC Global Mobility Services practice, Iryna has over ten years of experience in personal taxation and global mobility. In this role, she resolves compliance and advisory matters for individuals and helps companies and their employees manage the complex financial, tax and benefits matters associated with overseas postings in Canada, the US and abroad.  Iryna devotes her time to providing day-to-day global mobility support to organizations and their employees in relation to expatriate and cross-border activities.  Using the experience she has gained from managing numerous accounts across various industries, she ensures assignees are provided with quality and timely service throughout their assignments.  Iryna also consults multinational employers in key areas around global mobility including program strategy, effectiveness reviews, and policy and process design. She works together with clients to face the circumstances of cross-border growth that require the development of, or enhancement of mobility strategies. Encourage the delivery of effective global mobility policies, practices and processes.  Iryna holds a GMS (Global Mobility Specialist) designation issued by Worldwide Employee Relocation Council. She is a Master of Finance and passed her US CPA exam.


Larry Linton, Partner, Canadian Immigration; PwC Law

B.A., LL.B, C.S* (* Certified as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law) 

Larry is a Partner in the Immigration Law practice of PwC Law LLP. He regularly works with Human Resource professionals and internal mobility teams on policies and procedures related to recruitment, retention, and related immigration matters. He also assists private clients meet their immigration needs and has significant experience interacting with domestic processing centers, Canadian Ports of Entry, and Canadian Consulate Generals, High Commissions and embassies abroad.  Areas of expertise:  Larry has extensive experience providing immigration advice and assistance to businesses from a wide range of industry sectors including telecommunications and information technology, engineering, banking and financial services, manufacturing, retail, education, oil and gas and professional services.   Qualifications and memberships:  In addition to his call in Ontario, Larry is duly admitted Attorney in South Africa and is called to the Bar in New Zealand. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Witwatersand, in South Africa. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration and Citizenship Law. Larry is also a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Immigration and Citizenship Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

2:15 – 2:30, BREAK

2:30 – 3:15, keynote/workshop

“Unlocking Your Organization’s Potential

With Higher Potential Talent”

Norm Sabapathy, Executive Vice-President, Cadillac Fairview

Norm Sabapathy is a Human Resources executive with 25 years of management experience with global, multi-billion dollar industry leaders in industrial, transportation, manufacturing, services, food, consumer packaged goods, and commercial real estate sectors. 

Norm is currently Executive Vice President, People at The Cadillac Fairview Corporation, one of North America’s largest owners, operators and developers of best-in-class retail, office, and mixed-use properties, with a $30 billion portfolio across countries like Canada, USA, Mexico, Columbia and Brazil.

Norm has Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Industrial Relations degrees, has been granted the designation Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE), and is an International Foundation certified Trustee, as well as an Institute of Corporate Directors certified Board Director.

 He is involved with various industry and volunteer organizations such as Ryerson Real Estate Management Advisory Board (Chair), HRPA Board Nominating Committee, RUC Human Resources & Compensation Committee (Chair), Certified HR Executive Assessment Board, , Real Property Association of Canada, Strategic Capability Network, Focus 2040, Chief HR Officer Advisory Council, Conference Board Council of HR Executives, and US Society of HR Management.



Terri Oliver, Senior Manager, Global Mobility | McCain Foods Limited

3:50 – 5,  Talk Show…


… exposure to brand’s impact on various customers and cultures … exposure to various stakeholders … growing new skillsets

  Ed Cohen, Moderator
Sheryll Young, Mobility Advisor; Amec Foster Wheeler


Mala Cornell, Manager, Global Mobility | Human Resources
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Alicia M. Browne | Senior Global Mobility Consultant; FM Global

   Enid Bigornia, DelSuites

Steve White, PwC National Leader, Global Mobility Strategy Consulting

Steve is the National Leader of PwC’s Global Mobility Strategy Consulting practice.  In this role, Steve assists clients with issues associated with cross border human resource strategies, including global talent management, executive compensation, HR risk assessment, M&A due diligence and post-merger integration, broad based compensation and benefits and all aspects associated with internationally mobile employees.  He brings over 25 years of experience consulting to Canadian and foreign multinationals on a broad range of human capital initiatives. He specializes in helping clients to align HR strategies with overall business strategies and objectives and ensuring optimum program performance. Prior to joining PwC, Steve led the international human resource practices at 3 other professional service firms.  He has completed projects in over 60 different countries across 6 continents. Steve holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Ivey Business School and a Bachelors’ degree in International Relations.  He is a regular speaker at conferences on international human resource management and is a contributor to numerous HR and Global Mobility publications.

others will be announced…


Click here to add your own text